Welcome to the 22-23 school year! This summer, for the first time since 2019, we have been able to focus our summer planning on things other than COVID–and for this we are grateful! Even though we are not completely out of the woods yet, it feels good to be in a place where we can plan for a school year in terms of curriculum, student life, and all the activities and events that make Walther a special place rather than on social distancing, mask policies, and hand sanitizers. I am still in awe of how amazing our teachers have been the past two years, showing great flexibility, resilience and patience as we continued to serve our students and families no matter what! In spite of the challenges we faced, we have been blessed.
Our theme for this school year is “Abundant Life,” and it is taken from John 10:10b: “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” As we turn from “survival mode” and from managing to provide academic excellence and promote spiritual growth in spite of the pandemic, and as we get ever closer to a pre-pandemic “normal,” we are choosing to really embrace all the wonderful opportunities this brings. Jesus came to bring us abundant life! Not only is He pointing to the life everlasting that we are promised through his death and resurrection, but also to the life we have on this earth, now. God wants us to experience all the wonders of his creation and all the gifts he has given us to the fullest.
So what does this mean at Walther? In this coming school year, we are going to encourage our students to embrace everything we have to offer, and to experience an “abundant” school year. How can our students get the most out of their high school experience? They can really throw themselves into their work and strive to learn for the sake of learning, not just to get a grade or a credit. They can join one of our sports or clubs, try out for a play, sing with the choir, or play in the band. They can run for Student Council, create art and poetry for Aura, take part in our service projects, volunteer, join the Mathletes, or even start a new club. Walther has so much to offer–why not take advantage and get involved? A life of Abundance is a life well-lived!
Welcome to Walther’s 69th year. May God bless it and may our Broncos experience a wonderful year of abundance!
In His name,
Tim Bouman, Head of School / Principal